UK raises terrorism alert, urges vigilance

Larissa Schwedes
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The United Kingdom has raised its terror threat level from "substantial" to "severe" following recent attacks in France and Austria.

"This is a precautionary measure and is not based on any specific threat," Home Secretary Priti Patel wrote in a tweet, appealing to the public to remain vigilant.

The level, assessed by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, is the fourth-highest on a scale of five and means that terrorist attacks in Britain are considered "highly likely".

The change followed an attack in the Austrian capital Vienna on Monday night, in which a heavily armed man randomly shot at crowds and at people sitting in restaurants and bars.

He killed four people and injured several others before being shot dead himself.

The Austrian government has described the incident as a terrorist attack.

France has also had a number of deadly attacks in recent weeks, including a knife attack in a church in Nice in which three people were killed.